Petition- Don’t Fine Homeless People!!

Via Care2:

Chelmsford City Council want to fine homeless people for sleeping rough on our city’s streets. Join us, the caring citizens of Chelmsford, to respectively request that the council find a productive and less punishing approach to helping homeless people in Chelmsford. 

People without a home are fellow human beings who, for whatever reason, find themselves in a very difficult situation. Implementing the fine system is not a compassionate or sensible response. It can only result in a huge waste of tax payers money, and is futile.

Instead of penalising people who are without a home, we suggest that Chelmsford City Council use tax payers money in a more productive way and provide more support for those local charities who are struggling to cope with the rising demand for shelter.

Please sign the petition and let the council know that we want our vulnerable homeless citizens to receive care and support, not further financial strain and punishment. 

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Care 2 Petition | No to anti-homeless spikes in Leeds

Tell McDonalds to Remove Anti-Homeless Spikes

via Care 2 | Petition | No to anti-homeless spikes in Leeds

Homelessness is one of the worst injustices within our society, having a place to live should be a right not a privilege. Anti-homeless spikes just show complete disregard and lack of respect for homeless people who struggle every day.

In Briggate, Leeds, UK, outside McDonalds, spikes have been installed, presumably to prevent people sleeping there. The fact that the spikes exist shows how little people care about homeless people — image and customers are apparently more important than giving someone with nothing some shelter.

Every time I’m in Leeds I see many ignore homeless people, not even bothering to smile at them let alone try to help them or give charity. I cannot imagine how painful and lonely it must be to be homeless. They deserve our attention and care, this issue cannot be ignored.

Please sign the petition now to tell McDonald’s and Leeds City Council to remove the spikes from outside the McDonald’s store. If enough people sign, McDonald’s and the Council will see that the spikes are damaging McDonald’s reputation much more than homeless people sleeping in their doorway would do.

David Wells said on Twitter: “These anti-homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute [are] now considered vermin”.

Homelessness charities say metal studs have been used to deter rough sleepers for more than a decade. This needs to stop now.

via Care 2 | Petition | No to anti-homeless spikes in Leeds

Petition | Don’t make life harder for Oxford’s rough sleepers | Change.org

So it looks like Oxford City Council has decided that rough sleeping isn’t hard enough as it is.

They are proposing a ban on various ‘anti-social activities’ in the city centre (by using new ‘public spaces protection order’ powers, PSPOs). One of the activities Oxford City plan to ban and criminalise is “rough sleeping”.

We at On Your Doorstep believe that the proposed ban is an attempt to cover up the huge housing and homelessness crisis that Oxford faces. We know that with this policy the council are trying to gloss over the long term issue of homelessness and are discriminating against Oxford’s rough sleepers.

via Change.org